Lady GaGa Calls Japan Bracelet Lawsuit "Misguided"
GaGa has responded to reports that she made money from the wristbands...
Lady GaGa has hit out at reports that she is pocketing proceeds from her Pray For Japan charity wristbands, with a spokesperson for Mother Monster stating the legal action was "misguided."
The suit from 1-800-LAW-FIRM alleges that the $5 bracelets — which GaGa rushed out shortly after the devastating March earthquake and tsunami — had an unnecessary $3.99 shipping cost and sales tax added on, suggesting that the Judas singer made money on them after promising that all proceeds would go to benefit disaster victims.
Alyson Oliver, an attorney for the Michigan-based firm said in a statement: "While we commend Lady GaGa for her philanthropic efforts, we want to ensure that claims 'all proceeds will be donated to Japan's earthquake' are in fact true."
She continued: "Our intention via this lawsuit is to uncover any improprieties committed by Lady GaGa and appropriate the full donations assumed to the victims in Japan."
In an statement obtained by E! Online, a rep for Lady G has addressed the reports, claiming: "This misguided lawsuit is without merit and unfortunately takes attention away from the kind deeds of the fans around the world who are supporting the people of Japan."
"The entire $5 donation made with the purchase of each bracelet is going to support the disaster relief. No profit is being made on shipping costs. Sales tax charges were made in accordance with local legal requirements."
They added: "Lady GaGa has personally pledged her own funds to this cause and continues to support the victims of the disaster."
By the end of March, GaGa — who unveiled plans for her 2012 world tour while visiting Japan this week — announced that she had donated more than $1.5 million from the sale of the bracelets to video game maker Zynga's relief effort fund.
The lawsuit is seeking class-action status and possible refunds for fans who bought the bracelets.